St. Louis Disability Leader Colleen Starkloff to Speak in Washington D.C.
July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations are taking place in Washington, D.C. and across the nation.
St. Louis disability rights leader Colleen Starkloff is in Washington D.C. to speak at the national ADA rally on the steps of the United States Capitol. Starkloff is attending the national conference sponsored by the National Council on Independent Living. Her late husband, Max J. Starkloff, is a founding member of the organization.
Thousands of disability rights advocates and leaders are gathering to commemorate the signing of the landmark civil rights legislation by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.  The ADA ensures equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities and protects against discrimination. The disability community has made great strides due to this landmark legislation, especially in increased access to education, health care, transportation, and housing. Approximately 57.8 million Americans have a disability, including 5.5 million disabled American veterans.

ADA 25 STL is the St. Louis contribution to the national celebration. Organized by Starkloff Disability Institute, ADA 25 STL is presented by Centene Corporation and in partnership with the Missouri History Museum and the disability community in the St. Louis Region.  The celebration is planned for October 3rd in Forest Park. More information is available at
The festival will include a celebration march in Forest Park at 11 a.m. The Honorable Tony Coehlo, former U.S. Representative and chief sponsor of the ADA in the U.S. House of Representatives, will then talk about employment as the Next Big Step for the disability community.   Regional corporate sponsors will have tables where job seekers can network and leave their resumes with employers seeking qualified candidates with disabilities. 
The ADA Legacy Project Freedom Bus and the USBLN Disability Rights Museum on Wheels (DRMW) will be part of the celebration. St Louis is included in the DRMW. The first Open Door Award will be given to individuals and organizations helping to create a welcoming world for people with disabilities.  Food trucks will be available or bring your own picnic lunch.  Live music will cap off the festivities.
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